Identity thieves have become more adept at impersonating taxpayers. For your protection, the IRS is asking you for important information and documentation. We'll ask about your identity and tax return history, because we need this information to process your tax return accurately. This helps prevent an identity thief from getting a refund using your tax account.
How It Works
- Continue with our secure identity verification service by clicking the Get Started button
- Provide information related to your identity and tax return
- You can opt-out of the process at any time and contact us using the toll-free number listed on your 5071C letter
What You Need
To register and use this service, you need:
- your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from your previous year’s tax return,
- access to your email account,
- your personal account number from a credit card, mortgage, student loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or car loan, and
- a mobile phone associated with your name
- a copy of the 5071C letter
- the income tax return for the year shown in the 5071C letter (form 1040, 1040A, 1040-EZ, 1040-PR, 1040-NR, etc.)
- Note: A Form W-2 or 1099 is not an income tax return
If this year is the first time you are filing an individual income tax return, please select “I have not filed a tax return in the past seven years” when creating an account.
If you have previously filed, please enter the information from your previous tax return instead of this year’s return.
Alternatives to the Identity Verification Service
If you are unable to register for this online service, please contact us using the toll-free number listed on your 5071C letter.
To expedite the process when calling, you MUST have the following:
- the 5071C letter and the tax return for the year shown in the letter
- any prior year tax return
- and any supporting W-2’s, 1099’s, Schedule C, Schedule F, etc.
If we are unable to verify your identity over the phone, we may ask you to schedule an appointment at your local IRS office to verify your identity in person.